Carl Hester: Was cancelling the Euros too hasty? *H&H Plus*


H&H’s dressage columnist wonders whether the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead in 2021, and where it will leave the currently cancelled European Championships if it does not...

It seems we are entering the “resume” phase of the pandemic, with the news that pubs, hairdressers, and a whole group of other establishments such as churches can reopen from 4 July, albeit with social distancing in place.

I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when, at the time of writing and despite British Equestrian and the member bodies working hard to convince Sport England otherwise, indoor schools were still verboten. This was completely bonkers – think of the open air circulation in a 20x60m arena with open sides, and compare that to a church. My suggestion was to change the name – covered yards used to be a thing; covered schools probably were – in time for when the next burst of torrential rain arrives so we can avoid a soaking.

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